Some of my observations about this Blogging Janx come from ignorance; others from irritation. And I have several sweet things to say, as well. To avoid sounding like a Maker of Lists, I'm not going to number any of these items. And please, don't take offense, or "offence," as my British Blogging Buddies would say. Nothing here is directly directed at anyone, unless it is.
OK, here goes. Uncharted Waters, as they say. I sense a new "trend" in blogging, much like the dozens of "let's get on the bandwagon now" efforts that permeate education every year. The FEEDJIT Frenzy. What's the purpose? Why is it important to know if I'm coming to you from Glen Burnie, Maryland, some mornings, and Lovettsville, Virginia on others? And in Real Time, no less? What about Fake Time?
I have to say that Bloggy Tracking Gizmos kinda Creep Me Out. Sort of like Big Brother Watching, in reverse. And I'm sad little Winston Smith, who really objects to being monitored. At least you're not watching when I'm wearing raggy underwear! I thought Bloggy Land was all about Freedom. There's nothing Free about FEEDJIT. Looks to me like you're trapped in a cyber-prison of your own making. And who has the time to check the stats, anyway?
Plus, I just have to say...most of the time your FEEDJIT Feed is wrong. I've never even thought much about Detroit, much less visited there, but your Nifty New Electronic Tracking Device seems to think that's where this blog originates, on occasion. What power, progress?
Now let's talk widgets. You know, the leap-frogging, spazzy, zingy! things that prance & dance all over some people's sites. What's up with the widgets? I spent 10 minutes (no joke) trying to visit a blog the other day. I (seriously) had time to a) grab my lunch from the teacher fridge; b) hit the potty; c) help 3 kids with computer problems, & d) eat my sandwich before the page was even half-way loaded. I ended up X-ing it out. And yes, I was blogging on my lunchtime, thankyouverymuch. Please, Dear Friends: A spazzed-out blog does not good reading make! Didn't your High School English Teacher read you the Riot Act about Quality vs. Quantity?
There's a reason Faulkner didn't have any photos, much less widgets, in The Sound and the Fury. As Shakespeare might be wont to say, "Those widgets strut & fret more than an hour upon the bloggy stage. And then are heard no more: It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing."
Blog Etiquette? Some have none! Mama raised her Baby to be polite, & By Golly, I'm determined to be that way in the Bloggy World, too! Isn't it just good manners to return comments? If I haven't returned one of your comments, please let me know. I will make amends right away. And to all you Lurkers out there...What Up With Dat, Yo? I'm in favor of a Bloggy Constitution that requires some kind of Blogiquette in Cyberspace. So, Sue Me!
Yup...Mama Didn't Raise No Fool. Going out on a limb here, but I really think writing might be my forté. And, unlike a few Bleeping Bloggers out there, I try to put at least a minimal amount of thought into what I post. Yes, I do sometimes tend toward the inane & occasionally random post, but for the most part, haven't the 282 missives I've deigned to hang up here since my Bloggy Epiphany last spring struck at least one chord with a couple of you? And I love it when people want to circulate my ideas, & even my words, as some of you do. But, please...Give credit where credit is due. It's only polite.
Last things last: A couple of you have wondered why I post every day. It's because I truly believe that I'm growing as a Superior Scribbler thru this cyber-medium. Others have asked why I don't stick to the script, & post about school, education, teachers' tips, ad nauseum, more often. Well, that's why The Scholastic Scribe contains Notes from Beyond the Underbelly of High School Journalism. Just read the Blog Header. I'm a teacher, yes. And also a scribbler. Can't I combine both in One Big Blast in the Bloggy Arena? I should hope so!
And why is Your Humble Scribe writing letters this week? Simply Because I Can. Didn't you hear? They're the latest "trend" in Blogification. I just had to get on the bandwagon.
In Blogs We Trust,